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Pumped-up pioneers: the '63 Chargers -- HOLY SHIIT!! I NEVER KNEW!!

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    In the mornings, the ranch hands swept the grounds of Rough Acres for rattlesnakes. Sometimes, they spread sawdust over the field.

    As the sun rose on the high desert scrub, they hosed down the dust and the wood shavings and packed the gopher holes as best they could.

    But by the time the players took the field for the first of their two-a-day workouts, the hot wind had blown the drying sawdust into piles around the fence posts at the edge of the ranch.

    For the rest of the day, the players cracked bodies into each other under a cloudless sky, trying for traction on a desolate patch of hard dust where grass couldn't grow.

    This was the price of playing for a genius. This was also the price of failing him the season before.

    In 1962, the San Diego Chargers trudged to a 4-10 record as coach Sid Gillman watched broken bodies and losses pile up. In 1963, he was ready to try things no one had ever done.

    Gillman found Rough Acres, a failed dude ranch 70 miles east of San Diego, down a dirt road from the tiny town of Boulevard, Calif., and its one bar, and set the Chargers up to train there on the flat, dusty surface that looked like it had been cut out of a hill. But in the late summer heat, usually in the high 90s, the players didn't see the field for what it really was. Gillman chose this spot to be his football laboratory, the place where he could remake the game by mixing iron and pills and even the colors of the men themselves. Rough Acres was where he introduced the game's first strength coach, its first weightlifting program and a conscious effort to racially integrate his club.

    It was also where Gillman and his staff handed out little pink pills called Dianabol. It is an anabolic steroid.


    READ ON!!



    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=3866837
     
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  2. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    Very interesting read [Thank you for sharing it!!]

    but... why do they have to do a story about steroids and the Chargers? Of all the teams! Ugh... I hate you so much ESPN :bananafinger: :p
     
  3. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    So they are saying our only championship is tainted. Great, just fuggin great!
     
  4. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    It took me back to a better time in my life. I don't give flyin frack what anybody thinks.

    I was a kid back then and those Chargers were and still are why I'm a Bolthead.

    ESPN can suck it with their Charger hate,

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane


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  5. CoronaDoug

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    Still looking for the first I guess. :broncfan:
     
  6. SD Native WY

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    I don't think it was tainted I think that it was common practice at the time.
     
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  7. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Great read, I hadn't even thought of those day's. Good old rough acres. :tup::icon_toast:
     
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  8. montanabolthead

    montanabolthead BoltTalker

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    Saw my first Bolt game at Balboa Stadium in 1965 and have been "hooked" since. I remember Walt Sweeney, Gary Garrison and Speedy Duncan coming to our elementary school. They were definitely bigger than life to a 8-9 year old kid. The AFL was the proverbial "step child" to the NFL in those days, so it was "anything goes" mentality. The key point in this article is that the steroids, amphetamines etc. were legal back then. Heck, LSD was still legal in Calif until 1967-68. True fans know Sid Gillman was always on the cutting edge with offenses. I didn't know he was up on the strength training angle.
     
  9. fan4ever

    fan4ever BoltTalker

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    Figures, espn and a lot of talking heads like to set up San Diego fans then kick 'em in the guts. San Diego=Paradise=their envie:tdown:
     
  10. EsDee_in_RI

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    Whatever... There was no policy and it naive to think no one did it. Every championship for any team before 94-95 should have an *. I dont know why they are picking on the bolts.
     
  11. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

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    :icon_rofl: Man Conc, I'd do or take just about ANYTHING illegal or not at this point to win a Super Bowl! :yes:
     
  12. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    Different times. Many players used steroids and cocaine at that time. Hell, many do today. They just have to be more cautious since the testing and penalties are stricter. If ESPN wants to attack players that use drugs, it will be never ending!!!
     
  13. RM24

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    Hell, ask the Columbians!

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  14. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    The Bolts trained out in Boulevard for one year. That is a blast from the past indeed !! I lived in Pine Valley for many years. That is about 15 miles or so away from where the Chargers camp was set up in Boulevard and no I did not attend that camp.:icon_eek: Dude you are F'n OLD. :lol: Boulevard is pretty but for a football camp is a shiithole. There is NOTHING out there...oh wait they built a casino close to Boulevard ........
     

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